iOS 12.1 released!

Alongside Mojave, Apple has released iOS 12.1 for the iPhone and iPad. As per usual, it’s free and easy – go to Settings -> General -> Software Update. It’s always best to back up your phone before doing this, and having your phone connected to power.


So what are we looking at with this update?



Well, it’s faster, like, a lot faster according to Apple’s stats. There’s Memoji, so you can well, Memoji yourself? As well as 4 new Animoji characters and picture affects added to Messages and FaceTime.


Speaking of FaceTime, Group Facetime is here! You can now FaceTime with up to 32 people – as long as you have an iPhone 6S or higher. Group FaceTime is also not available on iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPad Air. It also comes equipped with new camera effect features like filters, stickers, Animoji, and Memoji.


There is also more than 70 new emoji included on iOS 12.1-  You can see the list here. 


A new AR (Augmented reality) app called Measure is now on your phone, to help you measure real-world objects just by pointing your camera at them.


Screentime is a new and slightly terrifying feature that can and will track how long you – or your children – spend on your phone or iPad, and in which apps. Additionally, notifications can now be made easier to manage and customize in an attempt to diminish distractions. You can also manage the Do Not Disturb function a lot better, with the ability to set a time for it to be turned on, or for it to be turned off after you leave a location or event in your calendar.


Shortcuts are more improved, with Siri learning your routine and suggesting shortcuts on the home screen. Photo search and sharing becomes easier, Apple Books and Stocks is redesigned, Siri is improved, and student ID’s will be supported in the Apple Wallet.


Other, smaller but very much welcome fixes:


– New Depth Control in Camera preview for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
– You can now change or reset your child’s Screen Time passcode using Face ID or Touch ID

– Improves cellular connectivity for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
– Addresses an issue that prevented some voicemails from appearing in the Phone app
– Adds a performance management feature to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down, including the option to disable this feature if an unexpected shutdown occurs, for iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
– Adds the ability for Battery Health to inform users that it is unable to verify if a genuine Apple battery is in iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR

– Fixes an issue that could cause MDM Device Enrollment to report an Invalid Profile error for some enterprise users



With eSIM support, dual-SIM functionality is available on the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max, enabled through the existing physical SIM slot and the eSIM in all countries with the exception of China. In China, the new iPhones have two SIM card slots. Carriers will however need to implement support for eSIM functionality to work even after it’s been turned on in iOS 12.1.


Also for the new phones (only), you lucky ducks have a new real-time Depth Control feature, so you can adjust the depth of field of your Portrait Mode photos before you capture them. Simply tap on the “F” icon at the top of the screen and then drag the slider to adjust the amount of background blur in the image.


You can see the full list of the details of all the features right here. What do you guys think of the new iOS update?



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